Attributed to an H.G. Wells novel but bearing it no discernible resemblance, this teenage musical fantasy deals with the remarkable odyssey of a youthful octet who, stranded by an avalanche that destroys their auto, steal some food and grow to massive proportions. Young Howard plays
"Genius," the brat who has invented the monstrous manna. The eight delinguents, averaging 30 feet in height, terrorize the town's ordinary folks to the dismay of young lovers Kirk and Doherty, Howard's sister. Ultimately Howard comes up with a vaporous antidote (a smoking-stunts-the-growth
allegory, perhaps) which reduces the juvenile offenders to manageable proportions. Producer Gordon...